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Rogers Hosts Conference for Alternative Educators

Posted: July 15, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO Spencer Tirey Cheryl Tillman, a Pea Ridge schoolteacher, left, stands with a glass on her head as Andaire Middleton acts like she is pushing air to knock the glass off. Both were assisting Kevin Delaney, the director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, as he is explaining the science of an air vortex Monday during the Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators statewide conference in Rogers.

ROGERS -- Second chances is the theme for more than 500 teachers, social workers and other interventionists gathered in Rogers this week for the Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators.

AT A GLANCE

Cost Breakdown

Advocates for alternative education compare the costs of incarceration and education saying education will make for better citizens and future taxpayers.

Incarceration vs. Education

• Juvenile detention costs from $150 a day up to $480 a day for specialized treatment, according to the 2008 report Juvenile Justice Reform in Arkansas

• Public schools are given $35.21 per student, per school day from the state of Arkansas *

• Alternative schools are given $58.96 per student, per school day from the state of Arkansas *

* This total does not include federal money earmarked for education, grant money and school district-specific taxes raised through local bonds.

Source: Staff Report

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